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By Pete Moore On February 9th, 2020 at 11:17 pm


By Pete Moore On February 9th, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear cagoules, or whatever it is that lifeboat crews wear. I’ve written here previously that RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) crews are heroes. They are volunteers who rescue anyone in trouble around our shores.

With that in mind: Siri, describe a dickhead to me –

Storm Ciara has been lashing the country today. It’s the most powerful storm in seven years, apparently. A lot of things have been blown down or uprooted, including something which kept my village attached to the National Grid. Just as well I keep the Kindle topped up; we’ve been without power for most of the day.

A good day to hunker down then, except for a dickhead who went surfing with winds approaching 90 mph. This is footage of him in the drink. The men in that boat have been put in real danger because of that dickhead. I’d have left him in the sea.

A red under every bed

By Patrick Van Roy On February 9th, 2020 at 8:25 pm


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By Pete Moore On February 8th, 2020 at 7:44 pm

I’m sure coronavirus is a nasty old thing to have, but are we getting things out of proportion?

The BBC this evening reports that “more than 34,800 people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide, the vast majority in China. There have been 723 deaths in China and one death abroad, in the Philippines.”

This is what the World Health Organisation says about flu:

Worldwide, these annual epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 290 000 to 650 000 respiratory deaths.

The stark numbers – so far – put coronavirus somewhere below flu as something I should be worried about. I know it’s a new-ish virus. The coming months might elevate those numbers horrifically. Or am I missing something here?


By Pete Moore On February 8th, 2020 at 7:33 pm

The Republic of Ireland is at the polls today for the General Election. Predictions, anyone?

The Irish Times has a live feed and will publish an exit poll when voting closes at 10.00pm. Counting will take place tomorrow. Anyone cracking jokes about the Irish being slow at maths will be banned from the thread 😉

Then we can wait three months while they figure out how to form a majority government, I suppose.


By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2020 at 7:33 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism. Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend. I’ll be watching England’s fine rugby chaps lay waste to Murrayfield. They will not be made tae think again. They will bring the Calcutta Cup home after smashing the Jocks. That’s a prediction in which I have at least 10 per cent confidence.

As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –


By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2020 at 7:19 pm

I’ve come round to the idea that the UK should tie up trade deals with Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United State before taking calls from the EU. They would be quicker and easier to do for one thing. But having them done before the UK negotiates with the EU would give us the means to properly screw them a very strong hand.

France wants to toughen the bloc’s negotiating mandate for the trade talks and force Britain to agree to “dynamic alignment” with EU rules for tax, state aid, the environment and social standards.

Dynamic alignment means Britain would have to change its laws to mirror those in Brussels as they evolve over time, despite the UK having no say in the drafting of those standards after Brexit […]

The EU is anxious that Britain will use Brexit to embark on a slash and burn of EU regulations and gain what it claims is in an unfair competitive advantage over the bloc by undercutting it.

You can’t talk with that. What is Macron smoking? If he’s going to insist on this drivel then it’s no deal. And he should be made to realise that after we have deals with our friends in the Anglosphere.



By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2020 at 7:08 pm

The US saw another month of strong jobs growth in January, extending a streak of gains that has surprised many economists.

The US Labor Department said employers added 225,000 positions last month, while wages rose 3.1% year-on-year […]

Consumer confidence is on the rise and near record numbers of Americans are reporting satisfaction with their personal finances.

The great philosopher Norman Stanley Fletcher once said that everyone needs little victories. Mind you he was only in prison. Imagine being a Democrat. They hardly get a good headline as far as I can tell, let alone a good day. The next five years are going to go by very slowly for them.


By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2020 at 6:15 pm

It’s not just me. The British police is so hopeless that everyone has finally realised it.

Victims are no longer reporting some crimes to police because so many offenders are never brought to justice.

A new report said the public are losing faith in the criminal justice system and have “rumbled” that police do not have the capacity to investigate.

The constabulary inspector said a suspect was charged in just 7.8% of crimes in England and Wales in the year to March 2019.

That’s 7.8 per cent of reported crime. In truth millions of crimes go unreported because everyone knows it’s pointless. If you’ve been burgled, for instance, you would only report a crime to get a crime number if you’re going to claim on insurance. The police won’t investigate it.

No, police numbers are irrelevant. You could have a million new police officers and it wouldn’t make any difference to crime. They haven’t been a presence “on the beat” since Roy Jenkins abolished the beat in the 1960s. They now patrol Twitter and turn up after a crime has been committed. But no-one can be unrobbed, unraped or unstabbed.

Once a crime is done the psychological and emotional scars are permanent for victims and the bereaved. No numbers of blues and twos can change that.

The police have long ago forgotten that their primary task is to prevent crime before it happen, and only a presence in neighborhoods an on high streets can do that. Their absence fuels the justified belief in the criminal mind that perpetrators are highly likely to get away with their crimes.

As it stands the British police might as well be abolished. It is completely hopeless and, in almost all cases of crime, useless.